Sensory Ideas – People as Helpers – Cleaners

Cleaning materials Here are some ideas to support a fun sensory approach which could be used in the home to support tactile, visual, auditory access. All activities should be fully supervised by an adult. The ideas are offered as suggestions only. Tactile Feel brushes – sweeping, washing up brush, soft brush, hard bristle brush (with care), mop, pan scourer – plastic, green pan scrubs, white/yellow pan scrubs , feather duster, duster, glasses cleaning cloth, towel, sponge, wet cloth, dry cloth.Warm water, cool water, cold water – cloth wrung out, cloth full of water. Brushes feather dusters

Squeeze water out of sponges and cloths.Play at filling bucket with water, pouring water out again, (use seaside bucket) Use mop and mop floor, wear wellingtons and rubber gloves, aprons. Add (with Velcro) some of the items used for cleaning to the front of the child’s apron for them to feel. Play with bubbles created by washing up liquid Wash cloths in soap powder.  Peg on line to dry, feel cloth when wet and when dry. What is the weight difference? Does the cloth cold or warm when it is  hanging on the lin?. How does the wind help to dry the clothes? Stroke feather duster on child’s hand. Sound Wear apron, overalls, wellington boots, rubber gloves, peaked cap.Make mobile with cleaning cloths and sponges

Make tactile collage with cloths and sponges.Role play cleaning at home, brushing leaves. Water making splashing noise, water being wrung from a cloth, water being poured into bucket – noise of water running from the tap. Sound of Vacuum, sound of brush, sound of mop being squeezed out. Sound of cloth whilst dusting, does it make a sound? Brushes  Literacy

Up, down, side to side, push, pull, smooth, rough, hard, soft, splish, splosh, splash, wet, cold, hot, warm, cool.Pictures and names of people who do cleaning that the children know e.g. mum and dad, school cleaner, street cleaner, window cleaner, car washerSing some songs about cleaning, see examples below: I’m the shoe brush I’m the shoe Polish one and polish two Brush, brush, brush. I’m the dustpan I’m the broom We can see a dusty room Sweep, sweep, sweep It’s Time To Cleanup (Tune:  Frere Jacques) Are you helping, are you helping Pick up toys, Pick up toys Let us all be helpers, Let us all be helpers. Girls and boys, girls and boys. Numeracy

Fill different size buckets with water,  fill buckets with sand, use different size buckets and make sand  moulds.Feel shape of bucket, straight handle of brush.Sort cleaning articles by purpose, shape, texture, size, by one, two or three attributes
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